A nine-man constitutional commission, headed by George Rendel, was appointed on 21 July 1953 to review the constitutional status of Singapore. The commission’s report was presented to Governor Sir John Fearns Nicoll on 22 Februray 1954 and made official that very day. The report paved the way for internal self-government by proposing constitutional reforms that increased local participation in politics. Key recommendations of the report included the formation of a single-chamber Legislative Assembly with two-thirds of its members being popularly elected as well as the automatic registration of voters. The Rendel Constitution came into effect on 8 February 1955.

 

(Source: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/history/events/21405a81-9376-4f6b-8200-47e62d0cbfc8)

 


 

The Next Lap is a broad agenda for Singapore's long- term development, which includes ideas and proposals to make Singapore a nation of distinction. To mark this new phase in the country's political history and national development, a 160-page book, Singapore: The Next Lap, was launched on 22 February 1991. It was also released as the Principal Addendum to the Presidential Address.

 


 

 

Seletar Expressway (SLE) connects Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) in Woodlands to the junction of Tampines Expressway (TPE) and Central Expressway (CTE) in Yio Chu Kang. The final phase of construction involved the linking of the SLE built in the first and second phases at Upper Thomson Road. This stretch of the SLE, built at a cost of S$68 million, was officially opened on 22 February 1998 when the guest of honour John Chen, Minister of State (Communications), flagged off 30 eager motorists at Upper Thomson Road. The construction of the last link also signified the completion of a network joining all the existing expressways in Singapore. Construction of the twelve km expressway was fully completed in 1998, at a total cost of S$150 million.